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Summer Cookouts: Staging Your Outdoor Space

Posted by Wendy Powers on May 12, 2015 at 2:58 PM

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One of the things that can add a tremendous amount of perceived value to a home is a great outdoor space. Whether we are talking about an awesome deck that is perfect for summer cookouts or just a quiet sitting area surrounded with flowers and trees, great outdoor spaces make your house seem larger because they extend out beyond its walls.outdoor-staging-summer

The spring and summer seasons are traditionally the best time of year to sell your house. Since this is also the time of year that people get the most benefit from their outdoor spaces, it is also a great time for your outdoor space to really push a potential buyer into making an offer.

If your house is priced right for your neighborhood, having a great outdoor space can be the deciding factor that allows you to get full value versus settling for a lesser offer.

Outdoor spaces come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Let’s take a closer look at what you might want to consider when staging your different outdoor spaces in order to help sell your home faster and for a higher price.

Deck and Patio Spaces

The most common type of outdoor space is a rear deck or patio. Potential buyers will see this as the area where people will be gathering at their summer cookouts, so you want to stage the area in a way that encourages them to think along those lines.

No matter how big your deck or patio is, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you want it to be spotlessly clean. This is the perfect time of year to break out the power washer and really give the whole area a solid cleaning. If you have a wood deck, you will also want to consider a fresh coat of paint or stain.

Once you are satisfied that the base of your outdoor space is as clean as possible, you should do the same for any furniture you have. Whatever cushions you are using on any seating need to be clean and should not be bleached from multiple summers out in the hot sum.

Front Porches

Most buyers have the image of a front porch with rocking chairs and maybe even a swing etched into their minds. And when you’re trying to get top dollar for your home, there’s no reason not to give them what they want!

If you have a front porch, it is a no-brainer to buy or borrow some rocking chairs to put out there. It will also be helpful to add a small table with fresh flowers to make the area look even more inviting.

Sitting Areas, Ponds & Gardens

Other interesting options for staging your outdoor spaces are to create quiet sitting areas in strategic places in your yard. If you already have a pond or garden, these are great places to include sitting areas using small benches or bistro sets.

The potential buyers might never actually use these sitting areas, but the idea of sitting quietly in the yard on a warm sunny day with a great book might be all it takes to convince them that the house is a perfect fit.

Pools & Hot Tubs

If you have a pool or hot tub, one of the most critical staging errors that you could possibly make is not having it ready for action when potential buyers view the house.

You should be sure to keep your pool or hot tub sparkling at all times. This will cause potential buyers to think about how much fun it will be to go for a swim in their back yards.

If your pool or hot tub looks like it needs even just a little cleaning, potential buyers will be more likely to see the amount of work a pool or hot tub requires than the fun that could be had.

Elegant Extras

Having a great outdoor space is the first step. Getting it clean enough to impress potential buyers is the second step. The third step is adding elegant extras that will really force potential buyers to fall in love with your house.

Outdoor features like a beautiful grill, custom outdoor kitchen, outdoor TV, fire pits, and custom lighting can all be things that trigger the “I must have this house” feeling for any potential buyer.

If you already have some of these things, great! If you don’t, you can start with a great fire pit for less than $100. Let that and a few sleek looking chairs be your focal point and build from there.

Having great outdoor spaces can only add value to your home in the eyes of potential buyers. As with any other room in your house, the goal is to make everything look as nice and inviting as possible. As long as you are working with that in mind, you will be great at staging your own outdoor spaces!

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